Tribune News Service

International Budget for Saturday, November 9, 2019

Updated at 0415 UTC (11:15 p.m. U.S. EST Friday).

Additional news stories, including full U.S. coverage, appear on the MCT-NEWS-BJT and MCT-NEWSFEATURES-BJT.


^Hong Kong protesters call for 'revenge' after 22-year-old student dies in fall<

HONGKONG-PROTEST-DEATH:LA — A 22-year-old Hong Kong student died Friday morning after falling from a multistory parking lot during a protest Sunday night. It may be the first confirmed death directly linked to police action in Hong Kong's five months of escalating political unrest.

Spontaneous demonstrations mourning the man's death and condemning police erupted throughout the city, with hundreds chanting: "Murder must be compensated with life! A debt in blood must be paid in blood!" and "Hong Kongers, revenge!"

1150 (with trims) by Alice Su in Beijing and Ryan Ho Kilpatrick in Hong Kong. MOVED


^Guinea-Bissau's prime minister resigns after 11 days in role<

GUINEA-BISSAU:BLO — Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister Faustino Imbali resigned amid pressure from West African states Friday, after being in the role for 11 days.

Braima Darame, a representative of the Economic Community of West African States known as ECOWAS, asked Imbali to step down within 48 hours to allow for presidential elections to take place on Nov. 24. Imbali was nominated to the post by President Jose Mario Vaz.

200 by Katarina Hoije in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. MOVED



^Huge crowd cheers Brazil's Lula as he leaves prison after 19 months<

BRAZIL-LULA-1ST-LEDE:DPA — Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was welcomed by an ecstatic crowd as he appeared to prepare to relaunch his political activity after leaving prison on Friday.

Judge Danilo Pereira had ordered Lula's release after the Federal Supreme Court decided on Thursday that an individual's imprisonment based solely on a criminal conviction can take place only after all possibilities of appealing the decision have been exhausted.

450 by Sinikka Tarvainen in Bogota, Colombia. MOVED


^Rare calm in Haiti as thousands seek free medical care from US Navy hospital ship<

HAITI-COMFORT:MI — One man needed a hernia operation that he could not afford. A young girl came to seek help for her 3-year-old cousin whose skin was inexplicably covered with sores. And a mother of four needed help with a chronic allergy reaction.

They all took the chance to travel miles away from home to the Haitian Coast Guard base Killick this week in search of medical care from the U.S. Navy ship Comfort, the floating U.S. naval hospital that arrived Monday. It was a rare calm following two months of sustained protests.

800 by Jacqueline Charles in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. MOVED


^Kim Kardashian enters China's influencer world. She says she'd love to eat hot pot and play mah-jongg<

CHINA-KARDASHIAN-INFLUENCER:LA — Twelve million people watched as Kim Kardashian West opened a mah-jongg set on screen, displaying the domino-like tiles of the popular Chinese game.

The Los Angeles-based reality TV celebrity was speaking on a livestream channel run by Chinese influencer Viya, a spunky, bright-eyed woman in her 30s with more than 9 million followers on China's e-commerce platform Taobao, many of whom are die-hard fans who call themselves "women of Viya."

Every night, the livestream shopper hawks cosmetics, purses, apparel and snacks online.

This is what's known in China as "social commerce," a full fusion of social media and online shopping. In China's online ecosystem, where e-payments, livestreaming and e-commerce are fully integrated — as if Amazon, Instagram and Paypal all existed on one platform — influencers such as Kardashian have become a major driver of consumption.

That drive is ramping up as Nov. 11, China's "Singles' Day" and the largest shopping day of the year, approaches.

1000 by Alice Su in Beijing. MOVED



^White House official saw Giuliani as 'hand grenade' who would 'blow everybody up'<

IMPEACHMENT-1ST-LEDE:LA — Two senior National Security Council officials told House investigators that they were alarmed by Rudolph W. Giuliani's efforts to conduct a shadow U.S. foreign policy in Ukraine, including his push for what one called "partisan investigations" that could help President Donald Trump, according to transcripts released Friday by House Democrats.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an expert on Ukraine who still works in the White House, and Fiona Hill, who resigned in July as the president's national security adviser on Russian and European affairs, voiced similar concerns about Giuliani's unconventional demands to leaders in Ukraine and how to work with — or around — him.

1250 by Jennifer Haberkorn, Eli Stokols in Washington. MOVED


^US is focusing on vitamin E as cause of vaping lung injuries<

^MED-VAPING-ILLNESS:BLO—<U.S. health officials are looking closely at vitamin E acetate as a potential cause of the severe lung injuries that have sickened thousands of Americans who have used vaping devices, including more than three dozen who died as a result.

A study of fluid taken from the lungs of 29 patients battling the condition found all of them had signs of vitamin E acetate, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.

450 by Michelle Fay Cortez. MOVED


^McCarthy temporarily puts Jordan on Intelligence Committee for impeachment hearings<

IMPEACHMENT-GOP-TEAM:CON — Oversight ranking member Jim Jordan will serve on the Intelligence Committee during public impeachment proceedings, temporarily replacing GOP Rep. Rick Crawford, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced Friday.

The Ohio Republican has been leading in the closed-door impeachment inquiry depositions that have been conducted jointly by the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs panels. Under procedures the House passed Oct. 31, the Intelligence Committee will be the sole panel participating in the public hearings.

450 by Lindsey McPherson in Washington. MOVED


^Chicago mayor appoints retired LAPD Chief Charlie Beck as Chicago's interim top cop<

CHICAGO-POLICECHIEF-1ST-LEDE:TB — Interim police superintendents are typically caretakers, seasoned insiders who step in to provide continuity while the search for a permanent leader takes place.

But Friday's unusual appointment of an outsider — retired Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck, a nationally recognized leader — as Chicago's interim police superintendent suggests that Mayor Lori Lightfoot is intent on pushing reform efforts even in the months before a successor to outgoing Eddie Johnson can take office.

Typically, the No. 2 official in the Police Department would take on the interim assignment, but Lightfoot chose the 66-year-old Beck, saying, "This is a guy who knows how to get something done."

1050 (with trims) by Jeremy Gorner, Gregory Pratt and Annie Sweeney in Chicago. MOVED


^Billionaire Michael Bloomberg would face a steep climb in the 2020 presidential race<

^BLOOMBERG-2020:LA—<Michael R. Bloomberg is flirting once again with a run for president, but all signs point to a steep challenge for the billionaire and former New York City mayor if he makes a late entry into the race for the Democratic nomination.

At a time when some Democrats are yearning for a new generation of leaders, Bloomberg, 77, would be among the oldest contenders, wedged between Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, 78, and former Vice President Joe Biden, 76.

Bloomberg is a former Wall Street investment banker who would be joining the race when a top concern for many Democrats is growing wealth and income inequality.

1200 (with trims) by Michael Finnegan. MOVED


^Trump declines to endorse Jeff Sessions' Senate bid — but doesn't deliver death knell<

TRUMP-SESSIONS:CON — Donald Trump on Friday declined to endorse Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general he fired after several clashes, as the Alabama Republican seeks the Senate seat he held for decades before joining the administration.

But he also did not demand the former AG end his bid on its first full day, giving Sessions' campaign life — because of "nice" things the Alabaman said about the president on television. As he departed the White House for fundraisers and an event with black voters, he also told reporters during another wild "Chopper Talk" gaggle he is "kicking their ass," referring to House Democrats in their impeachment probe.

1000 by John T. Bennett in Washington. MOVED


^Democratic primary debate moves from UCLA to Loyola Marymount University<

DEMOCRATS-DEBATE-CALIF:LA — The sixth Democratic presidential debate will take place at Loyola Marymount University on Dec. 19, organizers announced Friday after scrapping plans to hold it at UCLA because of a labor dispute.

250 by Seema Mehta in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Trump bid to end DACA puts Supreme Court back in political fray<

SCOTUS-DACA:BLO — The U.S. Supreme Court is again poised to test the bounds of Donald Trump's presidential powers, this time in a politically charged clash over the fate of 700,000 people who were brought into the country illegally as children.

The case, set for argument Tuesday, will mark the climax of Trump's two-year campaign to unravel former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA, as it's known, protects those immigrants from deportation and lets them seek jobs.

The dispute is timed to be decided during the heart of next year's presidential campaign, underscoring the stakes for the divisive subject of immigration and for the court itself.

850 by Greg Stohr in Washington. MOVED


^Trump appeals to 'forgotten' black Democrats in Atlanta<

TRUMP-ATLANTA:AT — Three years after challenging black voters to shrug off support for Democrats and back him, President Donald Trump used Atlanta as a staging ground for a new black outreach initiative that he said would be a key part of his 2020 reelection bid.

Surrounded by roughly 400 supporters, including some who were from out of state, the president on Friday invoked the refrain he repeated so often during the 2016 campaign in front of largely white crowds as an appeal to black voters: "What the hell do you have to lose?"

Those who took the gamble and supported him, Trump said, were rewarded with criminal justice initiatives, low black unemployment rates and staunch opposition to abortion, he said at the launch of his Black Voices for Trump group. Democrats, he countered, can only come up with empty promises.

1100 (with trims) by Tia Mitchell and Greg Bluestein in Atlanta. MOVED


^Outed CIA officer has advice for whistleblower under fire<

WHISTLEBLOWER-PLAME:LA — Valerie Plame, whose role as an undercover CIA operative was famously blown in an act of political retribution in 2003, has some advice for the still-anonymous whistleblower who sparked the Trump impeachment investigation: Be prepared to see your life turned upside down.

"Your name is being tossed out in the public sphere and it's being distorted and who you are and what you've done," Plame said Thursday in a telephone interview. "I found it very disorienting."

1000 (with trims) by Noah Bierman in Washington. MOVED


^Judge considers court order requiring attorney access in Remain in Mexico interviews<

IMMIGRATION-ASYLUM:SD — How far does the right to an attorney extend to asylum seekers being told to wait in Mexico for the duration of their immigration proceedings?

It's the question now before U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw — the same judge who is overseeing the family separation litigation and is now assigned to weigh in on one piece of the Trump administration's Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP.

On Friday in federal court, lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties argued that migrants who express a fear of being returned to Mexico to await court dates in the U.S. are not being allowed adequate access to their attorneys.

650 by Kristina Davis in San Diego. MOVED


^Facebook, other social media sites pressured to protect census<

SOCIAL-MEDIA-CENSUS:CON — Members of Congress are increasing pressure on social media companies to protect next year's census from disinformation online, concerned that foreign governments and internet trolls could disrupt the 2020 enumeration.

The latest push comes in a letter the Congressional Asian-Pacific American Caucus sent Thursday to Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, asking her to speak with group members about steps to both promote the census and "combat interference and disinformation on its platform." Russia or another country may try to push the census off course, they say, and Facebook and other companies should be prepared.

1200 by Michael Macagnone in Washington. MOVED


^Trump boasts 'Little Michael' Bloomberg would be easy to beat in 2020 presidential race<

^TRUMP-BLOOMBERG:NY—<Add #LittleMichael to the long list of Trump enemies.

Trump belittled Michael Bloomberg as an ineffective candidate and vowed to defeat him in a potential 2020 presidential matchup — if the former New York mayor gets that far.

300 by Dave Goldiner. MOVED


^Trump floats attending Putin's military parade, and Kamala Harris trolls him about meeting 'supporters'<

^TRUMP-PUTIN-PARADE:NY—<Nothing like a good old-fashioned display of Russian military might to get President Donald Trump hyped.

Out of the blue, Trump floated the idea of accepting an invitation from President Vladimir Putin to attend the annual Victory Day parade in Red Square in Moscow.

200 by Dave Goldiner. MOVED


^Trump rape accuser's attempts to serve complaint thwarted<

TRUMP-ACCUSER:BLO — An author and advice columnist who sued President Donald Trump for defamation after he denied raping her two decades ago in a department store dressing room says she's having no luck serving her complaint at his Trump Tower residence or the White House.

E. Jean Carroll, who went public with her allegations in a June magazine article, said in a court filing on Friday that Secret Service agents thwarted four attempts this week by her process server to deliver the complaint at Trump's signature skyscraper on 5th Avenue in Manhattan and one attempt at the White House.

250 by Erik Larson in New York. MOVED


^Donald Jr. compares Trump family's 'sacrifice' to slain soldiers on eve of Veterans Day<

TRUMPJR-BOOK-VETERANS:NY — "Sacrifice" would not normally be a word associated with the Trump family and Donald Trump Jr. in particular.

But Junior suggests in a new book that his billionaire family's willingness to forgo possible additional profits is similar to the ultimate sacrifice made by American service members who died in battle.

Donald Trump Jr. made the offensive comparison when he recalled his rare feeling of emotion as he accompanied his father on a visit to Arlington National Cemetery on the eve of President Trump's inauguration in 2017.

250 by Dave Goldiner in New York. MOVED



^New questions raised on safety of both Boeing 737 Max and 787 Dreamliner<

^BOEING-MAX-DREAMLINER:SE—<Lawmakers are pursuing new safety issues with two Boeing jets — the 737 Max and the 787 Dreamliner — and questioning how in each case managers at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) backed Boeing's contention that there was no cause for concern despite objections from the safety agency's own technical experts.

The revelations, contained in a letter from the leaders of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, come a week after they chaired an intense public hearing where Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg was grilled about the 737 Max crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed 346 people.

1250 by Dominic Gates. MOVED



^Lightning put together a complete game to beat Sabres in Sweden<

HKN-LIGHTNING-SABRES:PT — Victor Hedman stared at the Swedish flag, trying to focus and hold off some of the emotion. Hearing his national anthem sung in his native country before an NHL game, and with most of the crowd of 13,230 joining in, he was close to tearing up.

"That was probably one of the most special things I've experienced as a hockey player," Hedman said after Friday's 3-2 win over Buffalo. "The first three shifts were a little off for myself. Once I got settled, I got better."

This whole experience was emotional for Hedman, just as he knew it would be.

650 by Diana C. Nearhos in Stockholm, Sweden. MOVED




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